Tag: anthropology of outer space

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

emmalouisebackeanthro , January 1st, 2022


2021 wasn’t quite the year we anticipated, nor does the conclusion of the year feel like it does justice to the warped sense of time, distance, and stasis…


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The Death of Outer Space Dreams: Hard Decisions and a War of Utopian Demands

emmalouisebackeanthro , April 22nd, 2021


By Savannah Mandel Sometimes we have to make tough decisions as adults. That’s what I’m learning as I enter my mid-twenties. Maybe you’re debating between becoming a vegetarian…


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Space Races & Special Forces at Smithsonian’s Future Con

Emma Louise Backe , May 15th, 2019


In April of 2018, as cosplayers, geeks, and comic vendors descended on the Walter Washington Memorial Convention Center in Washington, DC for the annual Awesome Con, affiliates of…


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The Celestial Ethnographers: Imagining the Future of Anthropology in Star Trek Discovery

Emma Louise Backe , August 24th, 2018


By Logan A. Kirkland & Joshua W. Rivers “Culture,” so-called, is implanted in nature; the environment, or Umwelt, is a model generated by the organism. Semiosis links them.” -Thomas…


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The Elysium Effect: Space Law and Commercial Space Disparities

Emma Louise Backe , July 10th, 2018


By Savannah Mandel  Have you ever seen Elysium? It’s a 2013 science fiction movie directed by Neill Blomkamp about a future Earth where the elitist upper echelon of…


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